File being prepared for DPP after Limerick shooting

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

Gardai conducting searches of a green area near where the shooting happened at New Road, Thomondgate
A FILE will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) in relation to a recent shooting incident on the northside of Limerick city.

A FILE will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) in relation to a recent shooting incident on the northside of Limerick city.

A young woman, aged 22, and two teenage boys had a lucky escape when a number of shots were fired at a house in New Road, Thomondgate shortly after 7.30pm last Tuesday.

While one bullet broke an upstairs window, no other damage was caused to the house and none of the occupants were injured during the incident, which was the first shooting incident in the city for several months.

Neighbours and local residents have spoken of their shock at what happened in what was described as a usually quiet area.

“It’s unbelievable, you wouldn’t expect that sort of thing to be happened here,” said one woman.

While investigations are ongoing, investigating gardai say they are satisfied the culprits targeted the wrong house and that the occupants were innocent victims.

House to house inquiries were conducted in the area following last week’s shooting and the scene was also forensically examined by members of the divisional scenes of crime unit.

A large green area opposite the row of terraced houses where the shooting happened was also searched.

It is understood at least one bullet was recovered at the house and gardai suspect a handgun was used by the gunman.

However, the firearm used has not been recovered.

Gardai responded within minutes of the shooting and a 23 year-old man was arrested nearby a short time later.

A second man, aged 20, was arrested a number of hours later during a following up operation.

Both men were questioned by detectives under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act before subsequently being 
released without charge.

A garda spokesman confirmed that investigations are ongoing and that a file will be prepared and forwarded to the DPP in the coming weeks in relation to the incident.

Anyone with information is asked to contact gardai at Mayorstone who can be contacted at (061) 456980.

The garda confidential number is 1800-666-111.